Catching up with WBB '11 commit Alex Green

Last week, The Bootleg caught up with the sixth and (presumably) final commit of women's basketball's 2011 class, Alex Green. Green talked about her recruiting process, her interests and hobbies and what she brings to the table as a player, so read on!

"Well, it was a Wednesday night and Coach VanDerveer had called," Alex Green told The Bootleg of recent her commitment to the Cardinal. "I was asleep, and saw her missed call the next morning, and thought it was too early, but called her back anyway. I got to school at 7, and then she called again and called back, and that's when I found out I had gotten accepted."

A day later, Green committed to Stanford, capping a historic six-member 2011 class that figures to be ranked tops in the nation (rivaling the six-member, top-ten men's class of 2010.) It only took the high school senior a day to commit, because she knew full well she wanted to come to Stanford.

"First, I wouldn't want to miss this opportunity, because Stanford is great academically and athletically," she said. "I think it's just a good opportunity very few people are presented with, and I feel very honored to have been recruited by Stanford."

While her commitment was a quick decision, Green's courtship with Stanford was long in the making.

"It really started this past summer," she said. "I went to basketball camp, and I think that's when they started recruiting me, during the July evaluation period. I got my application and went through that process, and I waited and then I got accepted."

Interestingly, Green didn't officially visit Stanford before making her commitment, though she is familiar with the university – and a star player there.

"I haven't been on a visit, but I did go to another basketball camp two summers ago. The first time I went to camp, Jeanette Pohlen was my group leader, so I got to talk to her and know her."

Green tips her cap to the admissions office, as she submitted her application perhaps a week and a half before she got accepted, per her estimates. That quick turnaround has allowed Green to stop thinking about college recruiting and return her focus to the hardwood. Indeed, we asked Green about her biggest strength on the court, and she answered immediately.

"Probably my defense," she said. "That's what I like to do the most, and I think that's what I do best also. On offense, it's probably passing, creating shots for my teammates. If we do need a quick couple of points, I can score though."

Green reported additional offers from Penn State, Kansas State, Colorado State, Tulsa, Tulane and SMU. While Stanford was interested since summer, meanwhile, Green took the approach of taking nothing for granted with the Cardinal, as she knew she had an outstanding admissions hurdle to clear.

"Stanford said in the summer that if I got in, they'd offer me a scholarship," Green said. "I never thought of it as an offer, because I needed to get accepted first. But it was during the summer, when they were trying to receive a transcript from my school, at that point [was when Stanford got seriously interested]."

From the timing then, it's obvious that though she was Stanford's last commit in this 2011 class, Alex Green was no afterthought, but someone on Stanford's radar for months.

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As happy and enthusiastic as Green sounded over the phone, happier yet, per Green, are her friends and family.

"My parents are really proud of me," she said. "I have to thank them for getting me through it. I don't think I would have been able to get through [the recruiting process] without them, so they're just relieved and happy for me.

"My friends, I think they were more excited than I was. Everyone was excited at school. It's sort of hitting me now that I will actually be going to Stanford, but at first -- I don't know -- it was unbelievable, incredible."

Green's head isn't completely out of the clouds yet either.

I just got cable, so I will be watching more of [Stanford] this year," she said. "I did watch the Elite Eight and Final Four, and yes, of course, I think that could be me one day. It's kind of hard not to daydream."

At Stanford, Green is thinking of studying a math- or science-related field, as those are her favorite high school subjects. "I'd like to major in engineering, bioengineering, because I would like to work with prosthetics," she said. "I just think that it's amazing what technology can do, how it has advanced. Also, with veterans coming back from wars with lost limbs, we can help them. My dad always wanted me to be an engineer and I really loved biology my frosh year, so I kind of researched both of those subjects and found biomechanical engineering, and found what you can do with that major, so I found very interesting."

Though she doesn't have a ton of free time off the court or outside the classroom, Green says she likes to hunt with her father when she can. She hasn't gone in a few years though – she's been too busy focusing on her high school career, about to culminate in her senior season.

"I think we'll have a really good team this year," she said. "We have athletes, we have the quick guards. I think we'll be successful in the postseason too. We've done really well, have won States I think nine consecutive years and 27 overall.

"I'm working on shooting, my three-point shooting, my midrange shot. Right now, I'm a point guard, but I can play the one, two and three. At college, I'll probably play the one or two."

Wherever she ends up, we'll cover it, so stay tuned to The Bootleg as women's basketball looks poised build on its recent successes.

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